November 14, 2015 Subject:
pre -pubescent Robert Weir
May 19, 2013 Subject:
Awash in those Manzarek-esque keys comes the '66 sound; it's such a cool oasis to stop by in the midst of possible 80s-90s fatigue.
We have some of those sweetly innocuous psychedelic "awareness" tunes - Standing on the Corner, Mindbender, You Don't Have to Ask (Otis on a Shakedown Cruise?!?!) - in context they really do have a unique slot in the changing culture, much like the Beach Boys' SMiLE sessions, before it all exploded.
And I have to concur that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Jer's guitar sound. It was what it was for the era. Listen to Invocation & RItual Dance of the Young Pumpkin on Zappa's '67 album "Absolutely Fre"e and pair it alongside this Viola Lee Blues; there really is no difference at all. Zappa, Garcia, Bloomfield and the like were pushing the limits of what guitar rock was all about....again, before it all went skywards.
Really, this is kind of a cheat-five-star rating, because there isn't anything particularly mind-blowing about this set. It's due to the rarity of a '66 set sounding so clear and pure, the voodoo of the era, and its overall irresistibility. I have to say, however, that hearing the single fastest, most driving version of Good Lovin' you'll ever hear - complete with a mini-solo from Pigpen (?!?) is totally delightful.
November 14, 2012 Subject:
I like the early psychedelic dead ecspecially when jerry and phil use vibrato in their voice's on mindbender
May 20, 2012 Subject:
would that all the shows could be available
in this quality!
Nothing wrong with Garcia's "tone"- Jerry's guitar solos didn't play as powerful a part in the band's overall sound in '66, and also Jerry had yet to customize his sound by experimenting with so many different guitars later.
To my ear this is an indifferent show, and Garcia really hasn't found his tone yet.
February 23, 2011 Subject:
The Dead for the Straight Theater @ Avalon
This performance was a mixed and multi media event held at the Avalon to benefit the Straight Theater with music by the Dead, the Wildflower, and the Outfit, a poetry reading by Michael McClure and a minor scene by Ed Bullins & Black Arts West with Lights by Reginald.
July 13, 2010 Subject:
The track titled "Come Back Baby" is actually called "Tastebud". it's included as a bonus track on the CD reissue of "The Grateful Dead" and "Birth of the Dead"
May 19, 2010 Subject: